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JEANNETTE R. GOODMAN
When we listen to the testimony of the five corporeal senses we find that life (in belief) can result in death, love in hate, health in disease, and that mortals the world over are full of fear, envy, jealousy, malice, pride, etc.; bowed down with burdens, full of anxiety, discontented, disconsolate, despondent, and seemingly can find no way out of their misery and bondage, and in their despair they wonder why God has forsaken them. In their ignorance and blindness they do not see that they have forsaken God instead of His having forsaken them, and have wandered away after false gods which they have put in the place of the only true and living God, and to them given power, intelligence, and might.
When we turn our gaze from the Light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world, can we expect to find aught but chaos and darkness?
If evil, disease, discord, sorrow, death, etc., are real, they must be eternal, for God is all in all, and He could never lose consciousness of anything that He created or possessed as an idea. If a person were working out a problem in mathematics and made the statement that 2 and 2 were 5, and another who knew and had demonstrated the principle of mathematics stated that the answer was incorrect, would the one that was wrong look to the erroneous answer to find the solution of the problem? No; they would seek first the principle and let it tell them what was wrong in the process of working.
Now this is just as true as regards the working out the problem of life or being. We have been allowing our gaze to rest on the effect, or error, instead of looking to the Source of Being God and ascertaining what man must be as a creation of Divine Mind.
In our dreams at night we ofttimes travel many miles, visit new scenes, and see new faces; we may suffer or enjoy many things, being conscious of our body in all our wanderings, and it all seems very real to us, yet we awake to find that nothing of the kind has taken place, except in thought, and the only reality it possessed was our belief that it had occurred.
Now if we will only turn our gaze and thoughts Godward, absolutely, we shall awake from our dream of sin, sickness, and death to the beautiful realities of being, and know God Good as our life, our health, our strength, our joy; and as Love, love that sustains, comforts, blesses its own idea, man, and brings joy and happiness that is eternal. This happiness is the Kingdom of heaven within that Jesus referred to, and no power can take it away from the one who has found it. It is not dependent on human love, material riches, or worldly pleasure, but on the Love that is God Good which ever satisfieth ever feedeth the hungry and weary seeker after Truth who is famishing on what the world gives and calls happiness.
This can all be gained through a knowledge and understanding of the Revelation of the Word of God to this age viz.: Christian Science. But it only comes through prayer without ceasing (and true prayer is desire) and a constant and honest striving to have the same Mind that was in Christ Jesus.
The way out of the bondage of belief into the straight and narrow path that leads to freedom health joy peace, and all blessedness is set forth in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker G. Eddy Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. This blessed Truth is for a suffering world and within the reach of all who will avail themselves of it.
"And the Spirit and the bride say, come. . . . And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation, 22:17)
The Christian Science Journal, March, 1900
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